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Mar
23
Thu
Spring Break Day Camp @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Do you want to get the kids out of the house over Spring Break for some fresh air? We’ve got you covered at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park with our upcoming Day Camp. Join the Sonoma Ecology Center education staff for a day of fun, learning and outdoor activity. Based on our summer Creek Camp, we plan on having a nature hike, viewing the sun through solar scopes, and learning about the creatures of the park. And we will end the day with s’mores and hot chocolate around a roaring campfire. Camp will be based out of the Visitors Center. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $35, or $25 for Sonoma Ecology Center members, Sugarloaf Park pass holders or for a second child from the same family. Ages 7-12. See link  to sign up
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2865835
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2865835 .

Trail Clearing & Construction Day @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help us keep our trails clear of brush and free of mud and rocks and assiste with construction and maintenance projects such as painting and building repair.  Meet at the White Barn at 9:00.   Tools provided, no experience needed.  And lunch included!
Volunteers like you make the difference at Sugarloaf.
To RSVP and if you have questions email john@sonomaecologycenter.org

Mar
25
Sat
Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Susan Topf’s Yoga Hike balances a mix of hiking and gentle yoga postures, breath work and guided meditation. No mat necessary. Please wear weather appropriate clothing to feel comfortable being in a natural setting. For those familiar with the park, we will most likely be hiking the 2.5 mile Meadow / Hillside Loop with yoga stops in secluded glades, hilltop vistas and tranquil creekside settings. Route varies on weather conditions and group interest. Cost is $20 including parking if registered online. All levels and ages welcome.
Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2869473
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2869473 .

RFO Solar Viewing @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

-Solar Observing:  Time: 11AM – 3PM.  Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.  No Charge.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.

RFO Public Star Party @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 26 @ 12:00 am

-Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.

Mar
27
Mon
RFO: The Night Sky Classes @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The three seasonal series (six classes each) are designed for everyone from total beginners to experienced amateur observers. Whether you want to learn the constellations or have a telescope and want to expand your knowledge of viewing objects, these classes have something for you.
The focus is on learning the night sky in a “geographic” sense…locating yourself in our solar system, our Milky Way and our local galaxy cluster neighborhoods!
A few constellations are introduced in each class—their myths, history and interesting stars. We also cover deep sky objects such as the beautiful nebulae and clusters that never cease to awe and amaze.
After each class (sky conditions permitting), we go outside to locate the constellations just presented. We then move to the Observatory’s telescopes to view objects within the featured constellations, until or beyond 10:30 PM (11:30 PM daylight time).
Basic topics are repeated in each series so that concepts become familiar. Persons who take all three Night Sky series (18 classes in all) will learn the entire sky viewable from our northern latitude. (The winter sky is split between the Fall and Spring Series).
Fee:
Series: $75
Single Session: $23 (available after first class of each series)
Camping: Discounted rate of $25 when attending these classes
Prices include admission to the State Park at class time.

Apr
8
Sat
Sugar-Hood Shuttle @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Want to do a through hike from Sugarloaf to Hood Mountain or vice versa?  Ride the Sugar-Hood Shuttle.
How it works
Every half hour our Shuttle will leave from either Sugarloaf Park or Hood Mountain Regional Park’s Pythian Road Parking Lot.  Make a reservation and then ride to the other end of the trail, or hike and ride back.   Riding first and hiking back to your car is the easiest way – no worries about how long you take to finish your adventure.
We recommend a reservation, but you can ride on a space available basis as well.
The hike should take 3.5 to 4.5 hours.
The distance is about 7.4 miles with approximately 2300 foot vertical climb.
Suggested donation of $10
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2894210.

RFO Solar Viewing @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

-Solar Observing:  Time: 11AM – 3PM.  Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.  No Charge.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.

RFO Public Star Party @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 9 @ 12:00 am

-Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.

Apr
9
Sun
Sugar-Hood Shuttle @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Want to do a through hike from Sugarloaf to Hood Mountain or vice versa?  Ride the Sugar-Hood Shuttle.
How it works
Every half hour our Shuttle will leave from either Sugarloaf Park or Hood Mountain Regional Park’s Pythian Road Parking Lot.  Make a reservation and then ride to the other end of the trail, or hike and ride back.   Riding first and hiking back to your car is the easiest way – no worries about how long you take to finish your adventure.
We recommend a reservation, but you can ride on a space available basis as well.
The hike should take 3.5 to 4.5 hours.
The distance is about 7.4 miles with approximately 2300 foot vertical climb.
Suggested donation of $10
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2894210.